Check out trophies at Elkhorn area

Written by Observer staff reports February 03, 2012 09:45 pm

LADD MARSH WILDLIFE AREA

Wildlife viewers and anglers need a parking permit to park on the wildlife area.

The $7 daily or $22 annual permit can be purchased online or at an ODFW office that sells licenses or at a license sales agent...

 

Hunting seasons on the area have closed, meaning all of the wildlife area, including the Glass Hill Unit, is closed to public entry except the Foothill Road viewpoint and the Nature Trail. Tule Lake Public Access Area and the Auto Route will reopen for the season March 1. 

Visitors are advised to carefully read posted signs and consult game bird regulations before entering the wildlife area.

There are numerous quality viewing opportunities from county roads that pass through the area.

Binoculars or a spotting scope will help, as many animals are best viewed from a distance.

Waterfowl numbers are rebounding sharply as longer days begin to feel like spring. Hundreds of ducks, mostly mallards, and Canada geese are using the area. Scoping the flats east of Peach Road should show good numbers of geese and ducks. 

A single tundra swan continues to be seen in various locations around the marsh.

American tree sparrows are still present in scattered tree and shrub belts. Bewick’s wrens, black-capped chickadees and song sparrows have begun singing.

Bald eagles have been seen in scattered areas of the marsh. Watch for them in flight over the marsh or perched in trees or on fenceposts.

Numerous great horned owls are present on Ladd Marsh and are more visible at their daytime perches now that the leaves are off the trees. 

Northern harriers have started their aerial displays and can be seen dancing in the air from nearly any county road on the area.

Red-tailed hawks have also begun to stake out nest sites.

Dogs are not permitted within the wildlife area, on or off leash except west of Foothill Road from Sept. 1 through authorized hunting seasons. For more information on access rules for Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area, consult the Oregon Game Bird Regulations or call the wildlife area 541-963-4954. 

 

BAKER COUNTY

Rocky Mountain elk can be seen at the Elkhorn Wildlife Area. For a close-up horse-drawn wagon viewing opportunity, try T&T Wildlife Tours at the Anthony Creek Feed site. http://www.tnthorsemanship.com/tours.htm.

Mule deer can be seen on their winter ranges throughout Baker County. Remember, wildlife are particularly sensitive to harassment
during the winter so view at a
distance.